Tippett has disc removed from neck

Updated: November 14, 2003, 11:18 PM ET
Associated Press

FRISCO, Texas -- Dallas Stars coach Dave Tippett awoke Friday morning with numbness in his right shoulder and arm, prompting emergency surgery to remove a disc from his neck.

Tippett was recovering Friday evening and was expected to return to his coaching duties Monday. Associate coach Rick Wilson will run the team in his absence.

"Our primary concern is Dave Tippett's health and well being," general manager Doug Armstrong said in a statement. "We are happy to report that expectations are good for Dave to make a full recovery."

Wilson was named acting head coach for Friday's game against Phoenix and Saturday's game at Colorado. He served as head coach for the final 32 games of the 2001-02 season.

The team's assistant general manager, Guy Carbonneau, will join Wilson and assistant coach Mark Lamb on the bench. Carbonneau served as an assistant coach for the Montreal Canadiens during the 2001-02 season.


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